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November 2016
Free

The Bop: A Reading

November 30, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Hear freshly honed work by participants in Afaa Weaver's fall workshop, "The Bop." Refreshments follow. Free and open to the public. Featuring: denise bell, Michael Brown Jr., Katherine Ellington, Robert Gibbons, Sandra Gladden, Emily Ruth Hazel, Tenaja Jordan, Shalewa Mackall, Leslie McIntosh, Brent Whiteside, Isadora Wilkenfeld and Candace Williams.        

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December 2016
Free

Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Donika Kelly

December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Hear 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Donika Kelly read from her debut collection Bestiary (Graywolf Press, 2016), about which judge Nikky Finney writes, "Donika Kelly whistles and crows her book into a psalm of pure resolve. And in the end, no mythology remains. Everything is singed and true."

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Cave Canem Faculty Read

December 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wright Theater,
21 W. Mt Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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Enjoy an afternoon of poetry featuring Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady and former faculty member Marilyn Nelson at Wright Theater at the University of Baltimore. Co-sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Free and open to the public. University of Baltimore Student Center 21 W. Mt Royal Avenue, 5th floor Baltimore, MD 21201 Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady is the author of several books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather, an NAACP Image Award nominee; Victims of the Latest…

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Poets on Craft: Brenda Shaughnessy and Jamaal May

December 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center,
55 W. 13th St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Join us for an exciting evening of poetry and conversation between poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Jamaal May. Shaughnessy is the author of four collections of poetry, including Interior with Sudden Joy and So Much Synth (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). May is the author of Hum (2013), selected for The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013, and Big Book of Exit Strategies (2016), both published by Alice James Books.

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Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize Reading

December 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop,
141 Front St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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Featuring Rio Cortez, 2015 Prize Winner, with Ross Gay, Competition Judge Join us for a stellar evening of poetry at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, recently relocated to an expanded, light-filled space in DUMBO. Free and open to the public. Rio Cortez is the author of the chapbook I have learned to define a field as a space between mountains, published by Jai-Alai Books in 2016. A Pushcart-nominated poet originally from Salt Lake City, she has received fellowships from Cave Canem,…

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January 2017
Free

Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration

January 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Celebrate the 100th birthday of Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) with poets Angela Jackson and Quraysh Ali Lansana, who will read Brooks’ work and engage in a conversation on her legacy. A Shelley Memorial Award winner, Jackson is the author of numerous plays, novels and poetry collections, including the National Book Award-nominated And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New (Northwestern University Press, 1998). Lansana is the author of numerous poetry collections, including mystic turf (Willow Books, 2012) and They…

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February 2017
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Cave Canem Fellows Off-Site Benefit Reading

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
WHUT at Howard University,
2222 Fourth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059 United States
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Hear what our fellows have to say! Join us at AWP-D.C. for our annual Off-Site Reading, hosted by Howard University’s WHUT Radio Station, headlined by Howard alumni Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Toni Asante Lightfoot and John Murillo. Another 20 poets will share innovative work in four-minute, rapid-fire intervals. D.C.-based fellow Katy Richey will emcee. A donation of $10—or more!—upon entry benefits Cave Canem Foundation. This event is SOLD OUT! Reception at 6:30, open to all ticket-holders Reading at 7:00 This reading…

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Not Without Laughter: Poetry, Drinks & Jazz

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Busboys & Poets, Langston Room,
2021 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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Join Cave Canem, PEN Center USA and the Bennington Writing Seminars as we come together to celebrate Bennington's new scholarships for emerging writers, all in the spirit of Langston Hughes. Short readings by Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winner Donika Kelly and Bennington M.F.A. student Shauna Barbosa, followed by drinks and jazz. Space is limited. Free and open to the public.

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A Reading and Conversation with Tina Chang, Ross Gay and Patricia Smith

February 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Washington Convention Center,
Ballroom C, Level Three, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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At this year's AWP conference, award-winning poets Tina Chang, Ross Gay and Patricia Smith will read from collections that approach history and truth-telling as mysteries to be cracked open by narration, lyricism, traditional forms, and experimentation. Their work celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary, and reveals gratitude, faith in the face of grief, and the many forms that absence takes. At the same time, their texts situate poetry as a space for complex negotiations, both personal and political. Cave Canem Poetry…

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March 2017

New Works: Cameron Awkward-Rich, Tara Betts, Hayes Davis and Nathan McClain

March 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Join us for an afternoon of poetry showcasing new collections by fellows. Awkward-Rich is the author of Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016), of which Danez Smith says, "The ornate emotional terrain of these poems is charted with the poet’s sometimes spare, sometimes wild, always skilled lyric." Betts is the author of a previous collection, Arc & Hue (Willow Books, 2009), and most recently, Break the Habit (Trio House Press, 2016), which Maria Gillan says " the very core of…

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